The Lost Symbol Online eBook by Dan Brown
Click Here to Download the Book Famed Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon answers an unexpected summons to appear at the U.S. Capitol Building. His planned lecture is interrupted when a disturbing object—artfully encoded with five symbols—is discovered in the building. Langdon recognizes in the find an ancient invitation into a lost world of esoteric, potentially dangerous wisdom. When his mentor Peter Solomon—a longstanding Mason and beloved philanthropist—is kidnapped, Langdon realizes that the only way to save Solomon is to accept the mystical invitation and plunge headlong into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and one inconceivable truth . . . all under the watchful eye of Dan Brown's most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol is an intelligent, lightning-paced story with surprises at every turn--Brown's most exciting novel yet.
Reviews So far so good. I am loving this book! It did not disappoint. This is his best book yet from Dan Brown. I learned about a new science, Noetic, and the power of the human mind. I enjoyed Brown's exploration into the "god like" potential in every person and in the end I had some desire to become a Mason. From Wikipedia a quick definition of Noetic Science: This research includes topics such as spontaneous remission, meditation, consciousness, alternative healing practices, spirituality, human potential, psychic abilities and survival of consciousness after bodily death, among others. This book was much more cerebral than his others and I thought Langdon was a more realistic protagonist in this book than in his previous novels. I can relate to Langdon's exercise routine where he swims 52 laps in the Harvard pool. If this pool is the 50 meter type pool he is swimming 2500 meters a day which is a pretty good work out but if he is doing it on his own he is not working as long or as hard as I do in my swimming work outs. Plus Landon is claustrophobic like me. The bad guy was really bad and I figured out who he really was about 15 minutes before his true identity was revealed which made me like the book even more. I was a little disappointed with the ending since I was hoping for some great revelation but as I look back with time I find the ending more plausible than if he Brown had ended it a different way. In the end this book and its ideas are going to stay with me for the rest of my life and so this makes the book a great book for me, but I can see why others may not enjoy the book or find it heretical for its ideas. I find the ideas fascinating, uplifting, and faith affirming.
Robert Langdon is fooled into going to Washington DC to give a lecture, but when he gets there it is not as he expected it would be. He finds his friend’s right hand in the Rotunda and then the solving of clues start to find the portal to enlightenment which has been hidden for centuries and to safe the life of his friend. The story revolves mainly around the Freemasons in Washington DC. I absolutely loved this story and its underlying religious undertones. I have read many personal motivational books, but this book made a bigger impact on me than any of the self-help books on the shelves these days. Maybe it was because it was in a story format, the positive outlook was clearer to me and I could adopt it easier. Some of the theories in this book, I have read before in an old book by a new age author and on which ‘The Secret’ is based, but then I suppose in a way this book and the secret would go hand in hand …. Just like Robert Langdon, I also felt a powerful upwelling deep within me when I finished reading this book - an emotion I have never felt this profoundly before and it is hope, because God is in me!
This book was a fun read. I really enjoy books that make me think in depth, especially when the topics I either have never heard of, or do not know much about. When I'm finished with the fictional story I enjoy researching the topics that were discussed to learn more about them. I look forward to learning more about the history of our country, as well as Freemasonry. It's fascinating to me to learn about a culture, religion, or ideal that I am not familiar with. I also enjoyed the story. The writing was very similar to the author's first two books, so a few things were slightly predictable for me. But the twist at the very end was a shocker. I am trying to convince my husband to read this, as I know that he will really enjoy it. He is also very interested in learning about the way our government is set up and the way it functions, but especially about the Founding Fathers. Who were they? Where did they come from? Why were they so involved with the building up and nurturing of this great country? What mistakes did they make? I personally believe that they were led and guided by inspiration and that they each were molded in such a way throughout their lives as to be key members of the establishment of the United States of America. I would like to encourage my children to gain many of the attributes that our Founding Fathers had and used for the good of other people. I would like them to become leaders and statesmen. People who ponder deeply about things and search all options before deciding what the best course of action should be. It is something that I need to work on as well.
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